UN Guiding Principles

  • NGO Benchmarks Companies on BHR Issues

    March 15, 2017

    The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has released its first report rating efforts by individual companies in the agricultural, apparel, and extractives sectors to implement the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda and calling for these businesses to do more to advance BHR due diligence, transparency, and responses to allegations.

  • UN Discussion Focuses on State BHR Obligations

    March 15, 2017

    The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recently held a wide-ranging discussion on a draft comment on the obligations of governments to regulate business activities under international human rights law, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • IOC Commits to UNGPs, Sustainability Agenda

    March 15, 2017

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC), under pressure from human rights and environmental activists, has agreed to include in its contract with the host cities of future Olympic Games a provision requiring the respect of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

  • Ruggie Criticizes EU Progress on UNGPs

    March 15, 2017

    Harvard Professor and creator of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) John Ruggie has published a letter to the European Commission expressing concern at the EU's failure to produce an action plan on the implementation of the UNGPs and perceived shortcomings in the bloc's nonfinancial reporting framework.

  • France Passes Business Due Diligence Law

    March 14, 2017

    EurActiv reports that the French Parliament has passed a law requiring multinational companies to develop due diligence procedures monitoring human rights and environmental impacts of their subsidiaries and in their supply chains.

  • Academics Seek Larger EU Role in BHR Action

    March 14, 2017

    A paper published by the European University Institute calls for the EU to initiate an "Open Method of Coordination" process to encourage and benchmark the development by member states of effective "national action plans" on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • NGOs Criticize EU Development Bank's BHR Record

    March 14, 2017

    The nongovernmental coalition CEE Bankwatch Network has published a report criticizing the European Investment Bank for failing to perform, in compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), proper due diligence assessments of the BHR impacts of projects it funds outside the EU.

  • NGO Monitors Business Grievance Procedures

    March 13, 2017

    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a human rights NGO composed of legal experts, has established a panel that bypasses national governments and directly guides the internal grievance-resolution practices used by businesses around the world, citing human rights concerns produced by "poor design and/or implementation" of these practices.

  • Ruggie Refutes Narrow Interpretations of UNGPs

    March 08, 2017

    In a letter on the meanings of key terms in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Harvard Professor and creator of the UNGPs John Ruggie writes that they encompass a broad scope of conduct businesses must assess across their operations and relationships.

  • NGO: Action on SDGs Fulfills Duties Under UNGPs

    March 02, 2017

    In a report for a commission of business representatives and others seeking fulfillment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the nongovernmental organization Shift calls for businesses to abide by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by recognizing their responsibility to contribute to the SDGs in their operations and supply chains.

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